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Doctors use the term adrenal fatigue to describe unchecked stress that ages the body.

Adrenal exhaustion can make a person feel tired, heavy, and sick.

Before rebuilding your adrenal support system, be sure to account for and manage adrenal stressors.

Common causes of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Irregular or poor sleep
  • Frequent travel
  • Overtraining at the gym
  • Skipping meals or using stimulants (like coffee) to get through the day
  • Strained relationships, caring for sick family members, or juggling career and family
  • Illness, such as an ongoing Candida yeast infection
  • Leaky gut or poor digestion
be-transformed_2Broken sleep, frequent travel, over-exercise, and skipping meals can all lead to adrenal fatigue. The Body Ecology Core Program is designed to counter adrenal fatigue by improving digestion, cleansing toxins, rebuilding the gut, and so much more.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenals are two small glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They pump out regulatory hormones, helping the body to adapt to stress.

These are hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which raise blood sugar, activate the muscles of the body, and send oxygen to the brain. In a time of dire need, stress hormones activate the fight-or-flight response, keeping you on your toes and ready to move.

Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline also weaken the immune system, halt tissue regeneration, and shut down digestive function. When stress is ongoing, this can become a problem. This means that cortisol is always high. Worse — ongoing stress can eventually weaken the adrenal glands that produce stress hormones, flat-lining cortisol levels.

When this happens, stress or no stress, your body simply does not have the energy that it needs to respond.

9 Signs of Adrenal Fatigue

When your adrenals are tired and overworked, they lose their ability to regulate stress hormones. Unless you are born with compromised health, this type of exhaustion usually takes years — if not decades — to accumulate.

For example, when you skip meals often, your body scrambles to keep blood sugar stable, and this drives up your need for stress hormones. A high-sugar diet is no better; again, we see stress hormones increase when meals are filled with sugar and processed carbohydrates.

Before the adrenals fall into full-time exhaustion, other signs of hormonal shifts begin to emerge.

Red flags that may indicate adrenal fatigue include:

  1. Weight gain, especially around the middle
  2. Difficulty regulating blood sugar
  3. Poor digestion and signs of yeast infection
  4. Wrinkles and signs of premature aging, such as graying hair
  5. Tiredness during the day, which peaks around 3-5 o'clock in the afternoon
  6. Changes in mood, such as depression or anxiety
  7. Trouble sleeping
  8. Loss of libido
  9. Changes in menstrual cycle

The Adrenal Fatigue Controversy

As you delve deeper into discovering what is causing your collection of "mysterious symptoms," you may stumble upon the adrenal fatigue controversy. There are several organizations that deny the condition exists, including The Hormone Foundation of the Endocrine Society. This outlook can be discouraging when you are trying to get to the root of your health problem — especially if you are brushed off by your doctor.

But not all medical professionals agree with the adrenal fatigue "myth." According to Dr. Richard Shames, who has undergone extensive training with the NIH and co-authored ThyroidPower, years of research support adrenal fatigue, dating back to Dr. Fuller Albright's work in the 1930s.1 Based on his 30 years of experience in medicine, Dr. Shames disagrees with the Endocrine Society's rejection of adrenal fatigue.

Countless studies support the importance of the adrenals — to regulate circadian rhythms and coordinate the body as its "adrenal clock."2 When the adrenals start to go haywire, every part of the body can be affected. For example, healthy adrenals are needed to regulate blood pressure, and research suggests that some cases of particularly dangerous high blood pressure could be caused by mutations in small groups of cells in the adrenal glands.3

5 Steps to Rebuild Your Adrenal Health

Adrenal exhaustion can make a person feel tired, heavy, and sick. When the adrenals are exhausted, they are no longer able to maintain appropriate levels of cortisol.

Fortunately, there are 5 ways you can fight adrenal fatigue and reclaim your health:

  1. Improve digestion. It's critical to nourish the adrenals as poor digestion wears them out. Diet is one of the most important factors in healing the adrenals. When you nourish these precious organs with essential minerals, they can continue to create energy for your body.
  2. Cleanse toxins. Cleansing can have a huge impact on your adrenals. An overburdened liver may make it almost impossible to bring the adrenals back into balance. To support the adrenals, you must also give the liver the extra detox support it needs.
  3. Conquer infection. Research shows that the microbes in your body pick up on stress. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline can make bad bacteria and yeast like Candida even more virulent and toxic to the body. Displacing the harmful microbes with the help of good, probiotic microbes is one of the best ways to get rid of long-term infection.
  4. Rebuild the gut. Rebuilding your gut with friendly probiotics can not only prevent adrenal fatigue in the future, but it can improve whole-body health — by boosting immunity, controlling inflammation, supporting weight loss, clearing the skin, aiding in detoxification, and even reducing the risk of disease.
  5. Replenish good bacteria. Restoring levels of friendly bacteria in the gut is the final step in adrenal recovery: Probiotics cover all the bases by helping you better digest food, assimilate nutrients, and strengthen immunity. Healthy gut bacteria help to naturally boost energy levels by aiding in digestion — when your body can easily digest and absorb, it can create energy more efficiently.

When you restore your adrenal health, you restore the systems that produce energy and manage stress — this means your digestive system, which has a close relationship with your immune system and your brain. This also means your detoxification pathways, primarily the liver and the large intestine.

Donna designed the Core Program as the ultimate supporter of adrenal fatigue. The Body Ecology Core Program provides all five benefits in one to improve digestion, cleanse toxins and heavy metals, control Candida, rebuild a damaged gut, and replenish the essential bacteria the body is missing.

What To Remember Most About This Article:

The adrenals are small glands located on top of the kidneys. They are vital to regulate hormones and help the body respond to stress. Ongoing stress can weaken the adrenals and leave your body exhausted in the aftermath.

Chronic exhaustion may be a sign of adrenal fatigue, a condition that describes the long-term effects of stress on the body. Poor sleep, frequent travel, over-exercising, and skipping meals can all lead to adrenal fatigue.

Years of wear and tear on your body can cause adrenal fatigue symptoms like:

  • Weight gain
  • Poor digestion
  • Premature aging
  • Daytime tiredness
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Low libido

With the help of the Body Ecology Core Program, there are 5 steps you can take to restore adrenal health:

  1. Improve digestion, absorption, and elimination.
  2. Cleanse toxins and heavy metals.
  3. Conquer Candida infection.
  4. Rebuild the gut wall.
  5. Replenish beneficial bacteria and yeast.


  1. Shomon, Mary. "The Scientific Validity of Adrenal Fatigue and Mild Adrenal Insufficiency."
  2. Cell Press. "How The Adrenal 'Clock' Keeps The Body In Synch."
  3. Koshiro Nishimoto, Scott A. Tomlins, Rork Kuick, Andi K. Cani, Thomas J. Giordano, Daniel H. Hovelson, Chia-Jen Liu, Aalok R. Sanjanwala, Michael A. Edwards, Celso E. Gomez-Sanchez, Kazutaka Nanba, William E. Rainey. Aldosterone-stimulating somatic gene mutations are common in normal adrenal glands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015; 201505529 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1505529112.

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